Monday, October 19, 2015

Tailgate Pitch: Thurmanator Burgers prior to RU Upset Win over Ohio State

Let's keep the ball rolling this Saturday against No. 1 Ohio State after our improbable 55-52 win over Indiana on Saturday after being down by 25 points and playing matador defense for three quarters.

Our 3-3 Scarlet Knights host the top-ranked team in the nation -- a squad that crushed us last season in Columbus, OH, home to the Thurman Cafe and the "Thurmanator," probably the best burger joint I (and the kids) have ever visited.

The "Thurmanator"
I fully expect to devour a Thurmanator, as well as the Buckeyes' football team in an upset.

With that in mind, I'm proposing that a scaled down version of the "Thurmanator" serve as our core cuisine this Saturday.
Buckeye Candy:
Chocolate and peanut butter

Kickoff is 8 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ABC, so similar to the Michigan State start-time and tailgate, I'm proposing we again meet at our usual carpooling spot by 3:45 p.m.

Here's what's on the Thurmanator, BTW -- bun, mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickle, banana peppers, 12-oz. burger, cheddar, bacon, sauteed mushrooms & onions, ham, mozzarella and American cheese.

Oh, and it comes w/fries or onion rings and a pickle spear, so if anyone wants to go crazy and experiment with beer battered onion rings or something, now's your chance!

I volunteer to pick up all burger ingredients, but we need volunteers for the rest -- side dishes, beer, soda and water, snacks, etc. -- and DEFINITELY we'll need a second grill and chef.  Chris will not be with us, so someone (or 2) please bring an extra folding table just in case.

For the vegan-minded part of our group, let me know if you have or I can pick up portabello mushroom burgers or something.

Please respond by THURSDAY night in the comment field below as to what you're contributing, AND IF YOU ARE BRINGING OTHER PEOPLE.  I, for instance, expect a co-worker and his friend to join us for the tailgate.   

Pete has already offered to make Buckeye candy and I'm figuring will have his usual Miller Lites.

Let the discussion begin!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Official BRES Game Day sunglasses now available for a limited time!

BRES has endorsed the sunglasses below as his official RU tailgate sunglasses, and for a limited time you too can now have the same look with your very own own pair!

Combining the black, red, and silver colors of his favorite team's jersey, a dynamic streak reminiscent of the Elvis Presley 'TCB' lightning bolt on the sides, and a sensible style reflecting his practicality, BRES has found a pair of sunglasses representing his own identity that he will be wearing starting with the RU-Ohio State game, on the road to Michigan, and moving forward for the rest of the year!

In line with his simple every man's attitude and the big heart we all know he possesses, Shane has graciously offered to personally sign identical pairs of sunglasses (and provide an accompanying letter of authenticity if requested) that will be made available for auction with the proceeds to go to charity. Supplies are limited, so be sure to move quickly on placing your bid before they are all gone!

Become a bigger part of  the game day tailgate experience starting today!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

October 10th, 2015
Pre-Game Update; Shane Holobowski

           So, tonight's Blackout.
      Starting off our tailgate at around 4, we decided to go the Chris Skurat way and celebrate Oktoberfest with a bang. This morning the Holobowski's made potato pancakes, and we're heading out soon.

          Forecasts of intense cornhole coming our way, clear skies, and delicious bratwursts are all ahead to our October 10th tailgate.

                        Stay tuned,

Monday, October 5, 2015

Time to Break Out the Lederhosen

After a much-needed bye week, BREP Nation will return in full force for this Saturday's 8 p.m. tilt with nationally ranked Michigan State.
"Prost!" says the Festmeister, sans
handlebar mustache

It's a "Black Out," which means I need to fish around for black RU apparel this week.

I'm proposing we meet at 4:30 p.m. for the traditional carpool from Wal-Mart, but if that's too early please speak.  The forecast looks decent but definitely autumn, pegged at partly cloudy and 50s.

Processed German meats, carbs and
freaking cold weather are just a
short drive from East Lansing
Kuchenchef Skurat, Monmouth County's authority on proper Oktoberfest celebrations, is eager to produce yet another award-winning 'fest for "the Nation" and will spearhead the campaign this week, requesting everyone pitch in with a contribution(s) for the event; stay tuned here this week for correspondence.

In separate discussions over bagels and another Jets victory on Sunday morning, I already offered to make potato pancakes and will provide the accompanying applesauce and sour cream.

MSG and former UFO axman
showing his Rutgers support
In the spirit of all-things German, B-REP will provide an iPod playlist featuring the Scorpions, Michael Schenker Group (MSG), Falco (Austrian synth pop '80s sounds are acceptable) and Accept and leverage Tom's wide-ranging musical knowledge and probable ownership of lesser-known (in the U.S.) but influential music from Kraftwerk and Tokio Hotel.

For background, as I understand it, the Oktoberfest theme fits exceedingly well with Michigan State, which is based about an hour from Michigan's "Little Bavaria" in Frankenmuth.

I encourage you to at least hit Wikipedia before Saturday's big BREP Nation Oktoberfest, as a quiz will be given by the Festmeister.